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NZ Cup & Dominion nominations

02:40 PM 17 Sep 2020 NZST
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The New Zealand Cup Trophy and The Dominion Trophy,Harness racing
The New Zealand Cup Trophy and The Dominion Trophy
Reigning New Zealand Cup champion Cruz Bromac looks set to be back at Addington on November 10.

The pacer is one of just two Australians, along with trotter Tough Monarch, to be included in the nominations for the week's two biggest features, the IRT New Zealand Cup and the Majestic Son Dominion Trot.

34 have been nominated for the Cup and 33 for the Dominion.

Addington Raceway Racing Secretary Brian Rabbitt is pleased with the response, especially in a year which has been so adversely affected by COVID-19.

The Cup numbers are the same as last year and the Dominion is down a few on last year.

Notable absentees in the pacing ranks are recently-crowned Horse of the Year Ultimate Sniper and Chase Auckland (both injured) and Another Masterpiece and Princess Tiffany who are Australia-bound for other features and in the trotting ranks Oscar Bonavena (injured).

"Cruz Bromac is likely to go straight to the Purdon/Rasmussen barn as he did last year," says Rabbitt.

The only other Australian entry Tough Monarch placed second in the Dominion last year and there are some question marks about his return.

"We know Rickie Alchin (trainer) would love to come over here again but he has to factor in travel restrictions so we can only wait and see," says Rabbitt.

The first list of Cup rankings will be released next Thursday with many of the top open class contenders, including Cup favourite Self Assured, fronting up in Sunday's Hannon Memorial.

 

 
Dave Di Somma
HRNZ
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